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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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STATED MEETING DINNER
Greeting Ladies and Brethren,
Now that Spring is here and the days are getting longer and warmer, I hope to see more brethren at the stated as well as special meetings. Brethren if you can, come and support the candidates as well as the officers.
If you need help getting to the Lodge, please call one of the Elected officers and we will find a way to get you here.
We had an excellent turnout for the 3rd Degree for Bro. Ford Austin who is leaving to go to Oklahoma to take care of his sick step-father and our Hometown Party last month
We will be going to a Dodger game on Friday April 13th. It is a night game. If you have any questions, contact Bro. Mike Egbert at (818) 585-9702 or Wor. Mike David at (818) 414-7080.
I am working on a trip to the Midnight Mission to serve breakfast. This will probably happen some time in the late summer or early fall.
Some Masonic trivia:
Know a non-Mason that sports a square and compass? In the court case of Hammer vs. the state of Indiana, in 1909, the Supreme Court ruled that it is a criminal offense to wear a symbol or emblem of an organization that you are not a member of.
The reasoning behind it was that organizations with selective membership go through the process of determining whether or not the person is a good fit for the organization or society, and that wearing an emblem that of a group you are not a member of is deceitful and gives a false pretense.
Remember that Wednesdays are Lodge night.
Fraternally from the East
Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
Brethren and Ladies, I’d first like to thank you all for joining us at the Home Town Party at the end of March, wonderful to see so much of our Home come together. I hope everyone enjoyed the food and evening as much as we Officers enjoyed organizing and serving it out to you all. I’d also like to thank the brethren that have put in the effort to join us for degrees this month. The men receiving their degrees were overjoyed to know that so many people were there to support them. I hope to see you all for the rest of the year.
This month I’ll be beginning practices for the Sideliner’s degree. We still have some positions open, so I urge all brethren, Fellowcrafts and Master Masons to come and try out a spot. This was my favorite event before I became an Officer, and I want as many of my brothers as possible to share that same experience..
As always I’ll remind all our brothers, young and experienced, that Wednesday is Lodge night. I want you all to think back to your degrees and remember how special and important they each were to you. We owe it to our new brothers to be there for them, to welcome them into our ancient and honorable fraternity and ensure that these are memories that they’ll cherish forever. Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than at Home.
Fraternally from the West,
I would like to first remind all the Brethren and their families that, April is Public School’s Month. I encourage everyone to come join Home Lodge on April 4fh in honoring three very special students from Nobel, Pacoima, and Walter Reed Middle Schools. Public School’s night is an important event for Home Lodge because, we get to give back to our community in a very big way by encouraging education and helping build futures of young students. So please join Home Lodge in our annual Public School’s Night.
Secondly, I’d like to encourage those who are in regular attendance to continue to join us on our regular meetings on Wednesday nights. For those who have been away for a while, I encourage you to come Home. For those that know of a brother who has been away for a while, I encourage you to invite them back. A lodge is not the walls, floor, and roof of the building. It isn’t the jewels, or the chairs. The Lodge is the sum of its members. A lodge is nothing without its members. It is an empty poorly lit room with a lot of chairs. But when we come together in numbers to confer a degree or at a State Meeting, we create beauty, strength, and wisdom. Beauty by standing together appreciate of our fraternal bonds. Strength created by our numbers forming the support of our lodge. And wisdom, when we collaborate, share, and guide for the benefit of our lodge.
So, let’s make April a month of coming together a building our future.
Fraternally from the South,
Andre Aladadyan, Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL AARON COHEN, P.M.
ARTIN ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
Join Us to go watch the Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday April 13th for a night game.
To buy your tickets or if you have any questions,
please contact Bro. Mike Egbert at (818) 585-9702
or Wor. Mike David at (818) 414-7080
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2018 are $99.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2017) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2018. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2018 term are: $99.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2017:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,037.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,843.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,649.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,358.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,067.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
Brother Michael Hatley
Brother Tigran Oganesian
Brother Barry Lampke
Brother Tommy Ray Smith
Brother Tony Tahmizian
Brother Arnulf Tuadles
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE NO. 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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